Sunday Meetings

Fun, Entertaining & Informative

 

Our monthly Sunday meetings are always popular and members almost always enjoy a guest speaker. Complimentary refreshments are served and it is a great time to mix and meet with other members.

August 2018

Guest Speakers: Ian Handricks

Topic : ACC Injury Prevention & Army Service in Malaya

 

Sunday 12 August was our AGM and we had a good turnout to hear all the fascinating details of our accounts plus the events of the year and of course our annual executive elections. Our Chairperson, Barbara Anderson, gave her report on club operations during the year and duly thanked the Committee, the Tutors and Helpers and of course our Auditor for the enormous amount of work they had covered during the year.

After the tea break our own Ian Handricks took us on a journey through the development of computers from day one, bringing to light some unknown and some long forgotten facts and features about the evolving technology. Ian also explained his own involvement in the very early stages of hardware (he began programming 51 years ago in 1967) and software including his work in 1981 on developing intraoccular lens design and manufacture using computer aided design (CAD) on the first IBM PC computer. Oh the things we did not know including the role that the first mouse (yes it was made of a wooden block and it was left-handed) played in the development of the technology. The presentation included loads of photos that brought back memories of bulky old monitors, floppy discs – oh how we have advanced and where to next!

July 2018

Guest Speakers: Jennifer Venimore & Brian Cudby

Topic : ACC Injury Prevention & Army Service in Malaya

 

Our Speakers then took over. First Jennifer Venimore, Senior Injury Prevention Specialist for ACC. Jennifer pointed out that current data shows us that each year, one in three people aged 65 or over will have a fall, but falling over isn’t necessarily part of the ageing process. Many falls are preventable and the organisation www.livestronger.org.nz offers advice including a home safety checklist.


Three booklets were made available to the meeting attendees from the Live Stronger For Longer organisation, “Love Your Hips”, “Home Safety Checklist” and “Love Your Independence”. Some of these were left with us and will be available to any member who wishes to collect one.
Kerri Moran, Community Health and Balance Manager for North Harbour Sport, then continued and advised us to add exercise to our daily lives with the slogan “It’s Never Too Late to Start”. Kerri told us of Community Group Strength and Balance Classes. The classes approved by Live Stronger for
Longer are shown on their website

After morning tea we were given an interesting talk by our own Tutor Brian Cudby. The topic was Brian’s experiences of his army service in Malaya, as it was then called (now Malaysia) during the Malaya emergency in 1958, and later of his service in Vietnam. Brian started young in the NZ Army aged 17. He was with the 2nd NZ Regiment in Malaya in 1958 and in Vietnam 1968-69.

June 2018

Guest Speakers: Sylvia Durrant, QSM & Brian Wintle

Topic : Bird Rescues & Bhutan

 

Bird Lady Sylvia Durrant, QSM, held our attention throughout her talk, amusing us with stories of bird rescues and showing us some real live birds. Sylvia brought along two Tuis, two Penguins and a Kingfisher and her dog helper Missie, a Border Collie, Huntaway cross. One of the Tuis had lost the use of its legs. Sylvia assured us she could fix it and had it tied up in a sling so that it was upright but its feet did not touch the floor. I have seen it since the talk and it is getting better.

After morning tea Brian Wintle then took us on a visit to Bhutan where he has recently been. Paro is one of the most difficult airports to land a large jet. Bhutan in the Eastern Himalayas has a population of 750,000, ¾ of whom are Buddhist.

May 2018

Guest Speakers: Greg & Kathryn Trounson

Topic : Why I drive an Electric Car

 

Kathryn Trounson and her Husband Greg from The Better NZ Trust – Leading the Charge (sic electric car batteries!) spoke about “Why I drive an Electric Car”. Kathryn is a trustee of Leading the Charge which was established in January 2015. The Trust has a vision to create environmental, financial and health benefits for all New Zealanders through education, and assisting in the adoption of zero carbon renewable energy technologies.


Kathryn is also Chairperson of Better NZ Trust and arrived in an all Electric Vehicle which we inspected at morning tea. Fortunately the sun shone briefly allowing us to all emerge and inspect. Our singing member Ora Lefebvre took one look under the bonnet and broke out into the song “Is That All There is!”

 

Petrol, currently priced at around $2.08 per litre, is due to have extra taxes applied of possibly .22c per litre. Electric cars of course don’t run on petrol. And look at this: Dyson release plans to make an electric vehicle. Sir James Dyson, creator of the well-known Dyson vacuum cleaner, has indicated that Dyson will be branching out into creating a ‘radical’ electric vehicle with a potential launch date of 2021.
With the added benefit of creating thousands of jobs, a significant amount of money will be invested. Sir James said he was spending $1.9 billion developing new battery technology, $1.9 billion on the hi-tech car itself, and $934 million on associated technology, including autonomous and 'robotic' equipment for cars. Apparently the government have committed to no road user charges until 2020.

April 2018

Guest Speaker: Ian Handricks for Stef Billing

Topic : The Wahine Disaster

 

First item on the agenda was a Powerpoint presentation shown and commentated on by Ian Handricks in the unfortunate absence of Stef Billing. This whole meeting was at the instigation of Stef, a great idea Stef. Ian had also put a lot of hours into the Powerepoint which told us of the facts of the tragedy and Stef’s involvement. Stef was a 12 year old at the time and remembers the cyclone Giselle meeting a southerly Antarctic blast which peaked at 250 kph. Not only was the Wahine in distress but the whole of the Wellington region suffered considerable damage.
The Wahine was a Union Steamship vessel and had been sailing the Lyttelton/Wellington route since 1966. It could carry 1050 passengers plus 200 vehicles. On the fateful day it was carrying 610 passengers and a crew of 123. After leaving Lyttelton, with a weather forecast not anticipating the storm encountered by the vessel, Captain Robertson decided to try and enter Wellington harbour at 5.50 am. The vessel had done this before in heavy seas. Just after 6.00 am the radar system failed after the storm had intensified and the Captain tried to sail back out to sea. In now ferocious conditions the vessel was reversed onto Barretts Reef and lost a propeller and the tragedy escalated, orders to abandon ship being given at about 1.30 pm.


Despite all this happening close to Seatoun most of the passengers were swept over to the Eastbourne side of the harbour and this is where most of the 51 deaths occurred. Stef and his brother Chris had launched the Worser Bay Surf Lifesaving Club lifeboat and had managed to save a crew member.

March 2018

Guest Speaker: Garry Clark

Topic : Game Changers

 

Garry Clark was our Sunday speaker – as it turned out a lover of all things new in Technology and gadgets. Garry spoke about Game Changers such as modern batteries and in particular car batteries and the rapid development of their capacity to charge quickly and go the extra mile or in our case kilometre. The newest Samsung car battery will charge in 20 minutes and take you up to 600kms.
Garry does have an electric car and he charges it for 6 hours overnight at a cost of $2 or less and this will take him 150 – 200kms depending on how you drive and the terrain. There is an app that will pinpoint charging stations - the airport has a free service as do some commercial outlets. He advised that a slow charge is best for the unit. Seems that while conventional vehicles have 10,000 moving parts electric cars have only 20 moving parts – so much less to go wrong or wear out. His research suggests that before long we will be able to run our home power from a battery pack.


Garry went on to detail the background of the South African born Elon Musk the founder of eBay and Tesla car man and many other developments including the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket which was in the headlines in early March 2018. This little venture was created at a cost of $90 million USD. Even if the rocket taking off did not hit the high spots with you, the return and landing of two of the three booster rockets back at Cape Canaveral on their end and on X marks the spot was very impressive.

February 2018

Guest Speaker: Elaine Bracefield & Glen Plaistowe

Topic : Bio Science & Windows 10 Technology

 

Two very informative speakers kept our 60 odd – (well not actually odd) members intrigued on a wet and wild morning. Our first presentation was by Elaine Bracefield who is a Qualified Nutritionist and Biochemist, Glutathione and Cellular Health Expert and Certified SmartDNA Practitioner

While most nutritionists will factor for environment and lifestyle, Elaine also considers her client’s genetics and offers genetic testing to uncover the missing pieces behind why you may be struggling with your weight, energy levels, positivity and other and other important aspects of your health.

Elaine discussed the current cut, burn, poison (operation, radiation, chemotherapy) regime for treating ailments whereas she works in the area of identifying the cause, empowering the individual and rectifying before the person hits rock bottom. She deals with nutrition based on your genomic profile so it is a personal fit. While you cannot change your inherited genes you can change the mutations of those genes with the food that best fits your makeup. Think of food not just as calories but rather that it tells your DNA what to do.

After refreshments Glen Plaistowe journeyed us through a well created power point on Windows 10. As Glen explained it was not a case of teaching today but rather showing what it offered. She described Windows 10 as a service as opposed to a product which would now work across all of our devices. It has a predictive aspect known as continuing. In other words your device learns your habits and reacts accordingly.

January 2018

Guest Speaker: Ken Holmes & Ian Handricks

Topic : Various BitCoins & Crypto Currencies and Self Publishing

 

We had a three part presentation. Our guest speaker was Ken Holmes and Ken in conjunction with our own Ian Handricks collaborated on the first two subjects.
BitCoins and Crypto Currencies – a form of currency used for buying goods and services. Money was originally linked to precious metals such as silver and gold, usually gold, until President Nixon changed that. Now money is “printed” and issued by Governments. Bitcoins are a digital currency and are stored online in a “virtual wallet”.

Ken admitted he had long wanted to be a published author and he felt he had a story to tell and is well under way with the writing. Along with assistance from Ian he plans to publish his writings as an ebook with Kindle Direct Publishing. He illustrated the five steps needed:
1. Motivation – why do you want to write a book? For Ken it was to record some family history with comment on his brief Army career including a stint in Northern Ireland and a need to give something back.
2. Join a Writers’ Group – very helpful for advice
3. Review and Refine – essential fine tuning
4. Marketing – need to identify your target group
5. Publishing – can now do online, minimal set up costs

December 2017

Guest Speaker: Christmas Meeting

Topic : Various Speakers

 

At our Christmas Meeting Sunday, we had all the good things including lots of tinsel and Christmas ornamentation. First of all Fraser Day showed a collection of favourites from his own photo portfolio plus a selection from his “pupils”. The show was co-ordinated by Brian Wintle and we saw some beautiful images. The photography group has been orchestrated by Fraser for around 8 years and included “shooting outings” and show and tell and critique sessions. Fraser claims his team have advanced so much they no longer need his guidance as December was his last session. Rex Oddy is to take future sessions and he will have something to add from his own perspective I am sure. A presentation was made to Fraser with thanks from the Club.

A loooong morning tea with special items such as savoury sandwiches and rolls, Christmas cake, Christmas tarts, Cherie Bell’s famous muffins and cranberry specials plus strawberries, cherries and a carrot cake by Barbara Anderson - decorated for Fraser, so we had a cake cutting ceremony as well.
 

November 2017

Guest Speaker: Otto Dawie

Topic : Gmail

 

Our speaker was Otto Dawie who discussed Gmail and what it can do for you if you have a gmail account which is free and easy to obtain. Dawie mentioned how it reduced dependence on Microsoft and offered many similar programmes at no cost. This negated the need to purchase software updates and upgrades as Google constantly refresh their programmes. The Google Suite includes gmail, Google Maps, a Calendar, Google Drive for documents and photos, Google photos, Cloud storage (there is a limit to this before you pay) Docs (Word), Slides (Power Point), Forms (information collecting) Sheets (Excel equivalent) and Events. Plus some lesser used options. In the main, transitioning over your current records is a simple operation of drag and drop. Dawie continued on extolling the benefits of having a Google account and is prepared to take further sessions with a practical hands on approach.

October 2017

Guest Speaker: Nick Miskelly

Topic : The fine points of fibre broadband

 

Our speaker for the morning was Nick Miskelly from Chorus talking on the fine points of fibre broadband. Nick outlined the various aspects to help us decide if fibre is right for each individual but started with some interesting facts:


1862 First telephone line in New Zealand
1865 Electric Telegraph Department created
1877 First Telephone – apparently at Kaiapoi
1888 Post and Telegraph Department created
1987 Telephone Corporation of New Zealand deregulation – completed in 1989.
1990 Telecom NZ formed
2008 Chorus was part of Telecom
2011 Chorus became an individual entity


Estimated that the percentage of New Zealanders with UFB will increase to 87% by 2022. The old copper system was designed to transmit voice and much of the wiring has been in the ground for 100 years. It then needed to cope with sending data and in 1980 dial-up was introduced with broadband in 1999. By 2007 all the street cabinet wiring was upgraded with most cabinets connecting to about 500 consumers. Fibre has the ability to send multi signals at one time and the data throughput is massive. The introduction of Netflix in 2014 pushed up the demand with copper being unable to cope – especially with multiple home users – two people in house can double the download demand. Many homes have 6 or 7 devices.


Nick informed us that due to a lack of experienced installers their training programme has been extensive and is ongoing. He stated that until the commencement of the Waterview tunnel the UFB project was the largest project in New Zealand. New methods have speeded up installation as they no longer need to dig trenches. You can go to the Chorus website, insert your address and the site will state when broadband will be available at your address if required. If you are interested in proceeding with UFB you apply through your ISP. The correct procedure then is as follows: 1. A representative from Chorus will meet with you at your home and discuss what is involved – it is most important for you to be involved in the discussion and it will take approximately one hour.

September 2017

Guest Speaker: Brent Summers BSc 

Topic : Broadband options

 

Our Sunday speaker was Brent Summers BSc – introduced by Lois Kay. Attendance was good on a miserable day. It was pleasing to see Julie Green in attendance following her serious operation. The photo here shows Julie in happier times at our AGM. Doesn’t she look good? We had a lively and humorous two hours, believe it or not, about Broadband options (fibre or copper), Bandwidth, the Internet, email, the “Cloud”, providers, and Artificial Intelligence. Did you know that at 10Mb/s ADSL, a King James Bible (3MB) should take about 3 seconds to download? Have you got time to wait around for this?

July 2017

Guest Speakers: Ian Bonallack

Topic : Return of the Jedi

 

You will remember the very informative and useful Dumb Questions sessions run by Ian Bonallack. Well, we prevailed upon Ian to make a trip to Auckland to be our speaker at the July Sunday Meeting and to hold a question and answer Dumb Questions on the following Monday.


Ian moved to Wellington 18 months ago and he spent a few minutes telling us about the move and the differences between living in Auckland and living in Wellington. Wellington was a big drawcard as he has family there including two delightful grandchildren. He showed us photos of his new home and garden and of course the grandchildren. He then regaled us with his life as an Actor. Yes true – he had a part in a (Sir) Peter Jackson movie called Mortal Engines and there could be further productions. The hours were long with early starts, the makeup and costuming quite involved, the breakfasts were extensive, the coffee machine was excellent and overall it was a huge amount of fun.


Ian outlined the difference between our Club and the Kapiti SeniorNet where he now tutors. Kapiti is a much more structured environment where members turn up for classes, do the lessons and go home.

 

They do not have a Sunday Meeting. There is none of the convivial aspect that our club engenders and he misses the relationships he built up here. He emphasised how fortunate we are to have the interaction we do. For us it was a reminder of how much we miss Ian’s presence and the numbers attending proved this.

June 2017

Guest Speakers: Theunis Van Schalkwyk

Topic : “Moving Auckland Forward”

 

Theunis Van Schalkwyk has been in New Zealand for 10 years and his role is Group Manager, Strategic Projects for Auckland Transport. Under the title “Moving Auckland Forward” the challenge is the projected growth for the region. In 1991 Auckland had a population of 1 million and it was believed the city would grow by about 10,000 per year culminating in a population of 2 million by the 2060’s. From 2001 – 2003 there was a growth spurt and again in 2013 to 2016 with an increase of 121,000 in those past 3 years – growth in Auckland projected to be much faster than any other region in New Zealand. The 2 million mark is now estimated to be reached some 30 years sooner. This puts tremendous pressure on roading and housing and by 2024 we will need an additional 421,000 new homes which will impact enormously on transport.


Airport passenger growth is expected to be 20 million by 2020 and 40 million by 2044 with 9 new airlines into Auckland in 2016. Cruise ships now number over 100 per year and are much larger, carrying many more visitors. The big questions to answer are how to accommodate these increases with access to jobs, congested roads and a public transport system capable of coping.


Theunis reported that a strategic approach has now been agreed – with 4 billion being the funding shortfall!!!! Their main thrust is how to use technology to overcome these problems but they are also learning from other cities. There is major necessity for roading networks, motorways, tunnels and improved busways and hopefully the introduction of light rail. Light rail looked to be a very inviting alternative being quick, comfortable, smooth, easier to access than buses and efficient. Many of the planned large city buildings are designed allowing for underground rail links and new stations including at the Aotea Centre. Eventually a light rail service from Takapuna to the Airport is in the pipeline with Albany to Airport to follow and simplified zone fares will be implemented.


Within the next 10 years the busway to Albany will be improved and then it will extend to Orewa. How much of that will we see – well we shall see?

April 2017

Guest Speakers: Debbie Grace

Topic : Online Banking

 

Our first speaker Debbie Grace of WestPac Takapuna provided us with confidence in the use of Online Banking and discussed the security of payments by credit card online. Debbie assured us that banks are constantly upgrading their firewall security and have people employed full time in this capacity. WestPac have a Demo site which you can access as follows if you would like to experiment: 


It is possible to save statements, apply for loans and credit cards and WestPac now offer International Bank transfers as well as a myriad of other services such as pay and transfer options and the ability to download tax certificates. Debbie did recommend you advise your bank if you are going away as they monitor accounts for unusual activity and she emphasised only using public wireless that requires a password. In addition Debbie brought a wonderful home- made cake for our members.


March 2017

Guest Speakers: Brian Cudby & Bernice Hyde

Topic : Photo editing and photo books

 

A really wet day for our Sunday meeting 12 March but our members were not daunted by the rain. We had good attendance for a display of skills by our Tutors who illustrated some of the programmes available for learning at SeniorNet North Shore.


First up Brian Cudby, speaking in his best parade ground voice due to a hitch with the sound system, spoke of the various photo editing programmes available such as Picasa, Pixlr, Gimp and Photoshop Elements. The first three are free but you need to purchase software for Photoshop Elements although a trial version is available online. Brian showed us a group of before and after shots which were quite amazing and highlighted the worth of “fixing” your photos.


Gail Moore in her orderly and logical manner illustrated how to “control” all the photographs we have on our computers and how to set up folders in a methodical way so we can always find what we want without stress. A good lesson on “photo housekeeping”. Applies to all our data.


Bernice Hyde is our resident expert on photo books and recommended Harvey Norman for first time users and although they were the most expensive, they offer the best variety of styles and attributes. Bernice plans to take a session on creating a collage in Picasa for inclusion in a photo book.


The morning was rounded out with Barry Pinkney speaking about his much favoured ProShow Gold programme. Shots of the Tinakori Road area included some wonderful old homes accompanied by a lively rendition of Pineapple Rag. He illustrated fusion, which is the use of still and video clips, in his Butterfly Creek creation and finally the wonders of Easby Abbey in North Yorkshire.

February 2017

Guest Speakers: Dawie Otto and Shane Symons

Topic : improving the “patient experience”

 

After morning tea Dawie Otto and Shane Symons – both newly arrived from South Africa – gave us a clear run through on the iPhone versus the Android cellphone systems detailing the differences and answering a number of questions. There is more to come as Dawie and Shane are taking further sessions on phones and related topics such as Google Photos. Now here is a piece of information that was worth attending for if nothing else: They tell us there is available a WiFi Dongle that takes a sim card. So going Overseas? A great way to easily and economically set yourself up in foreign climes. Have a look at their website which is under development with our own Ian Handricks – iTeaspoon. Dawie is the IT Brewmaster and Shane the IT Barista. Have a look at the menu while there.

February 2017

Guest Speaker: Ravina Patel

Topic : improving the “patient experience”

 

Ravina Patel from the Waitemata District Health Board gave an insight into her role which is improving the “patient experience” when that patient is within the fold of the Hospital system. The ability to communicate effectively with a great diversity of those needing help and at the same time recognise the cultural differences of those people presents a huge challenge for the people at the coalface.


The Waitemata Board has a 1.6 billion dollar budget for the 2016/2017 year and employs 7,000 staff. The North Shore Hospital has 650 beds and Waitakere Hospital 250 beds plus there are some 30 community sites all of which need to be funded from that budget.


The IT Section is part of improving patient care and employs the use of e-systems such as iPad minis which are used to access information for prescribing as they are taken right to the bedside to assist in the administration of drugs and treatment. Patients are also encouraged to use their own iPads and devices to keep them in touch with news, family and friends. A well prepared and presented hour and our thanks to Ravina for her visit.

January 2017

Guest Speaker: Juliana Goodman

Topic : New Zealand Nutrition Foundation

 

Sunday the 8th of January we were treated to a very “positive” information session from Juliana Goodman from the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. Juliana is well qualified (2 degrees in related subjects) to speak on nutrition and health and did so with enthusiasm and illustrated knowledge.


Juliana reminded us that, while long life is desirable, the quality of that life is also important and although we cannot alter our genetic heritage we can enhance the length and quality by sensible eating and exercising. She reinforced the importance of the main food groups that assist us: Vegetables, Fruit (both of which should be the bulk of our food intake) then breads and cereals (preferably wholegrain), milk and milk products (for calcium) and protein in the form of lean meat, seafood, eggs, nuts and legumes.


The importance of good hydration, (preferably water), three meals a day starting with a really good breakfast, good food safety habits, limited alcohol intake (note she did not say none) and as much physical activity as you can safely undertake. This could be walking, dancing, exercises or if these are not suitable for you then standing up and sitting down several times helps maintain muscle stability then a little resistance training by lifting a can of peas in each hand – before eating them. Don’t forget to utilise sunshine (ha ha) to get that Vitamin D you need to absorb the calcium into your bones. You need 15 – 30 minutes a day but remember outside the 10am to 4pm parameters for safety in summer and 10am to 2pm in winter.


Healthy eating does not need to be expensive eating but poor choice of food can lead to many problems including lack of energy. There is so much more that Juliana covered and the question and answer section was very popular.


Space does not allow further comment here but do go to the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation website for more detailed data and lots of good ideas and advice.

November 2016

Guest Speaker: Joy Frazer

Topic : The new revolution, “Science will shape human destiny as never before”

Sunday the 13th of November and 60 odd members (don’t mean the members were odd) were treated to insights into the “very recent” evolution of computers or main frames as the original machines were called as the word computer had not materialised back then, but also where technology was heading. The original machines progressed from vacuum tubes to transistors, then microchips.


Joy spoke about the difference between linear progress and exponential growth. She illustrated linear growth being the methodical relatively slow process of moving through phases 1 to 5 taking each step in turn but how now with exponential growth we were jumping from 1 to say 16 to 32 – so giant leaps in development.


The Industrial Revolution of the 1600’s and 1700’s brought people into factories and introduced new diseases. The advent of trains enabled movement over longer distances compared to horse travel and on through to artificial intelligence.


Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist, futurist, and populariser of science. He is a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York. Joy discussed how his predictions are very much on target and suggested his books were worth reading and very readable. Some available at the library.
Many of the early versions of new technology are initially beyond the reach of the ordinary person due to cost but over time become more competitively priced – just as the original Gutenberg Bibles were affordable only to the extremely rich. Likewise Nanotechnology has taken science to another level. One aspect that is holding back the move into more and more advanced technological changes is the need for new Laws – ostensibly to protect us all from the “educated stupids”. The world of our great grandchildren will be far removed from what we now know.

October 2016

Guest Speaker: Julia Bartlett

Topic : Computer-based Animation & Cartooning

 

Guest Speaker Julia Bartlett gave a very informative and clear speech on animation to the meeting. She showed us how computers could be used for animation using 2D and 3D examples. Julia used a graphics tablet that clips to your computer and enables you to draw images and make them move. The graphics tablet was a Bamboo brand and you can see these at Wacom.co on the net. Julia made the exercise look simple but it requires drawing and step by step stages throughout. She explained these stages very clearly to us with the use of a Powerpoint show and extended on examples from this by putting in the first and last drawings in a sequence into a computer. You then set it to go and the computer does the rest. Julia is prepared to take a lesson in our Learning Centre and show people how to do this, so look for a session by her in the November schedule.

September 2016

Guest Speaker: Acting Sergeant Kate Williams

Topic : Police Force Tools

 

We had an excellent meeting with two good speakers. On a bright, sunny, morning a bright sunny, police officer, Acting Sergeant Kate Williams, based at Glenfield, took us through the latest tools our wonderful New Zealand Police Force use to make the Force more efficient. When the original computer system was installed back in 1976 it was considered ground breaking but was actually a nightmare of a system to use. Now with their mobile devices, iPhones in the main, they can look up details on the street which cuts down the amount of paper work and makes for more efficient policing. The NZ Police have 14,000 mobile devices available to use and they can even dictate letters, load them into the system and they are issued as corrected and edited correspondence. She recommended that we record serial numbers on items purchased as with their data base and on the spot systems it is often possible to track down stolen items.

August 2016

January 01, 2020

Guest Speaker: Barbara Anderson

Topic : AGM

 

We have had a very eventful year on looking back. Perhaps the biggest event being the agreement we established with Ian Handricks on 18 July 2015. This was considered to be a win/win situation for both the club and Ian and I think it has turned out that way. Ian has continued his role as occasional Sunday Speaker, taken up tutoring, set up and continues to update our wonderful website, and acts as relief newsletter editor.

July 2016

Guest Speaker: Bill Rayner

Topic : Grey power

 

Bill Rayner the Chairman of North Shore Grey Power was our Sunday Speaker and provided an extremely informative and detailed account of the function of Grey Power and the influence he felt it had on Governments in improving circumstances for older people.

June 2016

Guest Speaker: Chelsea McIntyre

Topic : Bank Scams

 

Chelsea McIntyre from BNZ Bank gave a very informative presentation on scams, a modern swindle. The “big four” are phishing, phone fraud, Credit card fraud and skimming. It is believed that about 15% of the population have experienced one of these scams. Phishing is when a contact is made “fishing” for information that will help them swindle you.  Credit cards need to be kept secure by not letting anyone know your password and keeping you card save. There is an advantage of having a second card with limited credit for use online use. Before going overseas always let your bank know your dates away, countries going to so the bank can identify any unusual withdrawals.

May 2016

Guest Speakers: Natalie Cutler-Welsh & Ian Handricks

Topic : History and Workings of Social Media

 

Ian discussed the history and development of social media from its early beginnings in the BBS systems being used before the start of the internet through to the omnipresent Facebook and Twitter phenomena of today. Natalie, an ‘Impact Entrepreneur’, Author, Podcaster, Social Media, Business and Networking Coach and a mother of three, showed us how social media is having an impact on the world. She gave us an insight into the workings and integration of social media in business and answered our questions on security, data protection and generational uses of this
technology.

April 2016

Guest Speaker: Steve Davis 

Topics : The World of Connected Wearable Devices

 

We had a very successful meeting with full house attendance. Steve Davis, Noel Leeming Technical Installer, took us through the new world of connected wearable devices including Fitbit, Tom Tom and Apple watches which cost between $700 to $35,000. An item called Chrome Caste turns a TV into a Smart TV with a cost of $68.99. and Steve thought it a must buy.

March 2016

Guest Speaker: Bill Bennett

Topics : Computer Developments

 

Our Speaker was computer journalist Bill Bennett. In the first half he spoke of his early years in computing including brief meetings with Bill Gates and Tim Berners-Lee in England. In the second half he went on to tell us of his thoughts on the immediate future of computing and its various innovatory uses. Much of the real development has been the emergence of advanced software as opposed to the focus on hardware. Bill was asked about Internet Banking and felt the Banks had created a “quite safe” environment but did warn against using Free WiFi for that purpose.

February 2016

Guest Speakers: Councilor George Wood & Michael Upton 

Topics : The Greater Auckland Council and Fire Dangers

 

Auckland Councilor George Wood explained in detail about how the Greater Auckland Council came into being and went on to tell us how the different parts of the Auckland Council operate and how much or how little control, in the case of the Local Boards, they have over events. Our second speaker, Michael Upton, Waitemata Fire Safety Officer, caused some consternation amongst the attendees by parking his fire engine in our car park! It was a beauty, complete with bells and whistles. Certain ladies in the audience were quite taken with Michael and his team of three, they did look very young and very fit and remarkably slim. Michael gave us an excellent rundown of fire dangers in the home and how to avoid them. 

January 2016

Guest Speakers: Trevor Willmot & Ian Handricks

Topic : Automobile Technology

 

Trevor Willmot gave a lively presentation brimming over with all sorts of essentially mechanical information. He spoke of the paradigm shift due in the development of all things although his particular interest was motor vehicles. He believed that there would be more change in the next 5 years than we had experienced in the past 50 years. Trevor spoke of all the diagnostic devices available and was asked about the function of computers in vehicles. He advised they do thousands of calculations constantly to refine fuel usage and optimise the performance. They also recorded faults like an on board mechanic. 

December 2015

Guest Speakers: The Tutors

Topic : 2015 Achievements

 

Our final meeting of the year was very well attended and we all enjoyed a display of work by some of our talented groups. The members were greeted to a slide show of photos from Frazer Day’s digi-photo classes. Barry Pinkney arranged for no less than four pieces to be presented from his classes. Genealogy had a piece by Stewart Rundle and also had an attractive and informative presentation of members’ work and finds at the rear of the hall including PhotoBooks from Bernice Hyde.

November 2015

Guest Speakers: Richard Bose & Alan Edwards

Topics : Mainframe to Micros & Retirement

 

Richard Bose detailed the evolution of computers from Mainframe to Micros. This was a fascinating ride from the humble beginnings of huge main frame Univac computers which in retrospect held very little capacity to the current micro systems that can handle multitudes more bits and bites in one very small unit. Our second speaker was Alan Edwards, CEO of Metlifecare who gave us a lively insight into his early life, personal development and subsequent role all of which he described as a lead into “retirement”, in that, from the day we are born we are headed for retirement. 

October 2015

Guest Speakers: Bjorn Binzegger & Brian Wintle 

Topics : AgePlus & Iceland

 

Our first speaker was Bjorn Binzegger of AgePlus Charitable Trust who brought along a number of items that are helpful in making our lives easier particularly if you have a “hindrance” of some kind. One that intrigued us the most was the wine glass that does not fall over. Our second speaker was Brian Wintle who told us something of his trip to Iceland. The photo to the left was taken by Brian in Iceland.

September 2015

Guest Speaker: Ian Handricks

Topic : Contemplating Cartography

 

An interesting and informative journey into the world of maps, map-making and computers. Learn all about Google Earth and Google Maps, discover how Street View was created and how you can use this in your genealogy endeavours … and much, much more. Ian will show you how to get the hang of on-line maps, street plans, terrain and relief maps … even how to explore maps of the ocean floor and terrestrial bodies! You will learn how computer mapping is used in everything from metrology to air travel applications. This will be a practical, fun and exciting jaunt into a wealth of visual and very useful knowledge … stuff that has a real and practical use in our day-to-day lives.

August 2015

Guest Speaker: Ian Bonallick

Topic : Gadget Upgrade

 

This was the AGM and well attended by 59 SeniorNetters. A very nice Morning Tea followed. The AGM was followed by a talk by popular Tutor Ian Bonallack explaining why it wasn’t essential that we have to constantly upgrade to the latest gadget and that we can resist the blandishments of manufacturers and retailers. This point was very apt considering that Microsoft are pushing us hard to take up their Windows 10 system. If you are happy with what you are currently using, be it Windows 7 or even XP, then why not stick with it? This was Ian’s last Sunday Meeting talk. Thank you Ian for all the talks given over the years, invariably well prepared and presented. We will give you a proper send off at the September Sunday Meeting

July 2015

Guest Speaker: Nick Miskelly

Topic : The Structure of Chorus

 

Nick Miskelly enlightened us about the structure of Chorus and that the Public do not have access to them directly only through your own ISP. He also mentioned that on joining Chorus he had to learn a new language full of acronyms like UFB = ultra fibre broadband and their motto is a Better Broadband for New Zealand.  Nick arrived armed with samples of fibre and also had Chorus pens and keychain giveaways. His power point presentation included short video clips for easy understanding . Nick fielded lots of questions through the Tea Break and gave several explanations on why our Fibre connection is not the expected 30mbps. We may even need Chorus to reinstall the connection! Well Done & Many Thanks Nick 

June 2015

Guest Speaker: Tony Lewis 

Topic : U3A

 

The president of Takapuna U3A, Tony Lewis, presented on U3A. The Constitution amendments were accepted. Mary O’Sullivan and sister Margaret took us through their Gallipoli experiences. Margaret proved to be an excellent speaker and it was suggested that the Flanders visit be part of a future session. Thank you Bernice Hyde for helping Mary and Margaret in their preparation for their presentation and also in helping compile their excellent photobook. 

May 2015

Guest Speaker: Precious McKenzie

Topic : His Life

 

Precious McKenzie took us through the early years of his life in South Africa and England via a DVD of a British TV programme, "This Is Your Life". He is an outstanding example of a person triumphing over adversity. Later he amused us with his tips on how to save wear and tear on our backs. It seems letting the elbow do the work is the answer. He also showed us the correct method for lifting and also for picking something off the floor. All this said in a very amusing style.

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